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miércoles, 13 de marzo de 2013
Eat Pray Love y por que la critican tanto a E Gilbert
Posted onMay 13, 2011 at 10:35 pmThen I saw Gilbert give a TED talk about creativity. She was humble and charming and very self deprecating. And I thought, "precisely what did this woman do so wrong to deserve so much HATE? She's just a writer doing her writer thing, telling her life persepective." She also seemed so aware that her book wasn't this amazing thing- she didn't act like it was brillant or better than it was, for her it was also a surprise that it got so big. She talked about the pressure she felt in writing another book, in being capable of disappointing so many readers.
Here's the thing. She is privileged, and it isn't a "literary" book-its a colloquial account of a fairly well to do white woman traveling through the world. So yeah, its not like in reading it you strike some blow for deserving minorities (unlike reading say, Chimamanda Adichie). But even so women's voices are underrepresented in the literary world, so everytime a book about the life of a regular woman sells insane amounts of copies....well a rising tide lifts all boats, you know? It shows publishers that there's a hunger by women to hear from women. And I found EPL to present itself much more honestly than say, Freedom, which was wildly overhyped and also about a certain narrow white middle class worldview.
Somehow I think when this same book is written by men, as a narrow account of a man traveling the world with money, to find out things about himself, like...Sex with Cannibals or Anthony Bourdain, or what have you, no one is as cruel about it. They don't say it's shameful and self absorbed of the man to have written it for money, or that it's not real literature, especially if it never pretended to be. If they don't like it, they aren't obligated to hate it so harshly and make that a whole stance, they can just not like it and move on.
So I think there's some kind of internal sexism where only women get burned so badly when they reflect honestly on themselves. I think its like, "be pretty, no one likes an ugly girl, but if you become prettiest, we will all say you are a stuck up bitch."